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Begging for It
Alex Dimitrov

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2013 • 96 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-26-0

A coming-of-age debut collection from a Bulgarian immigrant as he explores desire, longing, and growing up gay in America

In his debut collection of poems, Begging for It, Alex Dimitrov leads us through the streets, bridges, and bedrooms of New York City, sometimes as far away as Buenos Aires and Iceland, and as close as our own darkest corners. A Bulgarian immigrant, Dimitrov writes as both observer of and fervent participant in this “American Youth,” as his speakers navigate both the physical and emotional landscapes of desire, intimacy, and longing—whether for a friend, a lover, or a self, “Saint or stranger, I still recklessly seek you.”

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Reviews / Endorsements

“…Dimitrov is that rarest of creatures, a true poet and a truly contemporary poet. Thank god he’s here.” —Michael Cunningham

“Alex Dimitrov's passionate, headlong poems seem to want to carve beneath the surface of gestures, beneath the skin, to the warm and dangerous blood beneath…Begging for It is a fierce and memorable debut.”—Mark Doty

“…The poems are savage and ferocious in their insistence that the fate of the soul, that ultimate perspectives dog our every step . . . They are sophisticated about everything that has happened in poetry, and extend it. I loved this book.”—Frank Bidart

ALEX DIMITROV was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and lives in NYC. A recipient of the 2011 Stanley Kunitz Prize from The American Poetry Review, he is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in NYC, works at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine.

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